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After an international tribunal invalidated Beijing's claims to the South China Sea, Chinese authorities have declared in no uncertain terms that they will be ignoring the ruling.

The Philippines brought the case to arbitration at the Hague, objecting to China's claims to maritime rights in the disputed waters. The tribunal agreed that China had no legal authority to claim the waters, and was infringing on the sovereign rights of the Philippines.

Donald Trump is firing back at Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she made disparaging comments about him in several media interviews. He tweeted late Tuesday that she "has embarrassed all" with her "very dumb" comments about the candidate. Trump ended his tweet with "Her mind is shot - resign!":

Donald Trump wrapped up his public tryout of potential vice presidential candidates in Indiana Tuesday night with Gov. Mike Pence giving the final audition.

The Indiana governor's stock as Trump's possible running mate is believed to be on the rise, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also atop the list. Sources tell NPR the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is close to making a decision, which he's widely expected to announce by Friday.

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Donald Trump picked a military town — Virginia Beach, Va. — to give a speech Monday on how he would go about overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

He blamed the Obama administration for a string of scandals at the VA during the past two years, and claimed that his rival, Hillary Clinton, has downplayed the problems and won't fix them.

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The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

Now, though, it's always blueberry season somewhere. Blueberry production is booming. The berries are grown in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest — not to mention the southern hemisphere.

But in any one location, the season is still short. And this means that workers follow the blueberry harvest, never staying in one place for long.


Ski Pioneer Sarah Burke Succumbs To Practice Injury

Jan 19, 2012
Originally published on January 19, 2012 5:27 pm

Freestyle skiing pioneer Sarah Burke died this morning at the University of Utah Medical Center from injuries suffered nine days ago while practicing the sport she championed.

"Sarah passed away peacefully surrounded by those she loved," says a statement from the medical center. "In accordance with Sarah's wishes, her organs and tissues were donated to save the lives of others."

The 29-year-old Canadian X-Games champion was practicing at the cavernous Eagle Superpipe course at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah on January 10 when she bounced from her skis to her head. Witnesses said Burke did not seem to hit hard but doctors say she suffered a ruptured neck artery and cardiac arrest.

"Sarah sustained severe irreversible damage to her brain due to lack of oxygen and blood after cardiac arrest," the hospital statement says.

The Superpipe is a canyon of snow carved steeply into a slope. The Park City Superpipe has walls that rise nearly 90 degrees and 22 feet high. Snowboarders have been doing flips, twists and turns on similar courses for years. Burke helped bring the sport to skiing.

As NPR's Tom Goldman noted in this recent story about the skier:

"Burke not only was one of those who lobbied hard to get ski halfpipe into the Olympics — it'll start in 2014 — but she fought for the inclusion of women in the sport as well."

Goldman included an excerpt from the Ski Channel feature film "Winter" in which Burke recalls the fight.

"It was a lot of sad calls to my parents, not understanding why I could beat half those boys but they wouldn't let me in the contest," Burke recalled. "I remember sending emails to X Games, you guys got girls yet?"

Burke won four X-Games gold medals and was considered a favorite for the first Olympic gold in the event in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. She was training for the X Games competition when she was injured.

"Together we felt that we could prove to everyone that we were talented and fun to watch," said Jen Hudak, a member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, in Salt Lake City's Deseret News. "That's what this sport is about — performing and loving what you do... Sarah embodied all of that and was our leader in doing so."

Olympic snowboarding hopeful Kevin Pearce was severely injured on the same course just before the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Pearce is still recovering from a serious brain injury but recently began snowboarding again.

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